Our Guide to the Best Restaurants in Port Aransas

best restaurants in Port Aransas

When visiting Port Aransas not only will you enjoy the amazing Texas coast but you will also find that there are an abundant variety of restaurants to choose from. From seafood to Italian and everything in between you are sure to find something that you enjoy! There are great choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so your options are endless, here are some of the best restaurants in Port Aransas.

Breakfast Bites

Island Market is a great island choice for breakfast. They offer fresh juices, fruit smoothies and smoothie bowls, and healthy eats. This shop is locally owned and will make you feel like a beach local while you enjoy there many food choices and help support a local small business! Island Market also offers great lunch choices where they highlight meal specials, check out their Facebook to view their menu and lunch specials.


Barefoot Beans coffee bar is a great option for a quick breakfast and a coffee. They have a wide variety of coffees, matchas, and teas that will get your morning started the right way. Barefoot Beans also offer some foods like kolaches and other small breakfast items. Grab your drink and food and head out to their courtyard and enjoy your breakfast in the warm Port A morning sun!


If you're looking for a hearty breakfast with plenty of options Coach’s Island Grill is the perfect spot for you! They have anything you could be craving for a classic breakfast: bacon and eggs, biscuits and gravy, even a chicken fried steak you are guaranteed to find something that sounds good and tastes even better!

Munch on Lunch

Looking for a tasty island-themed lunch spot with great food and drinks? Lelo’s Island Bar is the place to go! With a wide menu of appetizers and meals like burgers, steak bites, and caesar salad there's something for everyone. Lelo’s also has a large drink menu with some fun beach cocktails such as a mermaid water that is big enough for two, rum punch and mai tai.


For lunch and a view head over the Virginia's On the Bay. This restaurant is an outdoor open concept right on the water so you can enjoy lunch while watching the boats come in from offshore! Virginia’s has a seafood oriented menu that has options like oysters, grilled yellowfin tuna, shrimp, and crab cakes. There are also two bars in this restaurant so you can stop by for a beer or cocktail and just enjoy the view!


A local favorite spot for lunch is Irie’s Island Food, with a one-of-a-kind menu it will have you coming back every time you visit Port Aransas. Irie’s has a unique menu with their own twist of foods such as a panko mahi and curried coconut shrimp taco or their loco moco bowl with two quarter-pound beef patties over jasmine rice smothered in brown gravy topped with two fried eggs. For something lighter they offer delicious salads as well.

Dive into Dinner

Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a nice dinner and a good glass of wine. Locally owned and operated, Tortuga’s Saltwater Grill is home to the finest fresh seafood and prime steaks on the Gulf Coast. Their modern, yet, warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect spot to bring parties of all sizes for a casual, upscale dining experience.


For those who love Italian cuisine Port A offers some of the best at the Venetian Hot Plate. This restaurant offers quality cuisine and a quaint, yet energetic atmosphere, bringing a touch of Italy to this casual island in South Texas. Linda and Maurice Halioua opened The Venetian Hot Plate in Port Aransas, Texas in 1995 after moving to the United States from the area of Venice, Italy.


Want some good Tex Mex? La Playa Mexican Grille is a local favorite and a hot spot for great Mexican food. They offer daily fresh fish specials and have 70+ tequilas. They open at 5pm and typically have a wait. We suggest showing up early and grabbing a margarita because everyone wants a taste of La Playa.

Vacation Rentals in Downtown Port Aransas

Book our Beers and Sunshine vacation rental and be close to all the restaurants in town. Beers and Sunshine is a three bed two bath home that sleeps 10 guests. This home has a private pool, a large fenced grass yard, and is pet friendly. Near the town and all the restaurants and shops, what's not to love!


Sea Glass Cottage is a charming three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage with a gorgeous design. It's the perfect place to book your next vacation! This home is located in town near all of the excitement Port Aransas has to offer, and is a short trip to the beautiful Port Aransas beach. This modern cottage is a wonderful place to enjoy a beach get away.


After Dune Delight is a three bedroom three and a half bathroom townhome that sleeps 10 guests. This rental has a community pool, split level floor plan, and is in a prime location. With all the good eats so close by you'll have tons of options to choose from while you relax at After Dune Delight. One of a kind, with a chic Bohemian Coastal vibe. This poolside beach house offers beautiful views from every outdoor area. Split-level bedrooms, & living areas for an exceptional relaxing time. Modern kitchen, baths, open floor plan. A few blocks from surf & sand by bike or golf cart.